Ellis secures pair of quality Savabeel fillies
Ardent Savabeel admirer David Ellis added another brace of fillies by the champion sire to his collection on the second day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday afternoon.
The Te Akau boss outlaid A$775,000 to purchase the well-related pair out of Waikato Stud’s consignment.
Ellis wasn’t to be denied in his pursuit of Lot 327 and outlasted his rivals with his final bid of A$400,000 to secure the daughter of the O’Reilly mare Urban.
A half-sister to the G3 South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Residential, Urban’s three foals to race have all been successful and includes the progressive Savabeel four-year-old Poison Chalice who has won four of his eight starts.
Ellis had earlier gone to A$375,000 for Lot 257, a half-sister to the G2 Emancipation Stakes winner Promise Of Success with their dam the Irish-bred Street Cry mare Summer School.
There is also substantial residual value in the daughter of Savabeel as her third dam is a half-sister to the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, who produced multiple top-flight winner and sire sensation Galileo.
His half-brother Sea The Stars also claimed six Group 1 titles, including an edition of the Arc, before retiring to stud.
The farm’s son of Super Seth, Lot 300, was a popular colt and he sold for A$360,000 with Chris Waller Racing, Mulcaster Bloodstock and Sophie Baker having the final say.
He is out of the O’Reilly mare Thy who was successful in the Listed Aspiration Handicap and finished third in the G1 Australian Oaks.
She is from the famed Dennis Brothers family and is a three-quarter sister to the former champion three-year-old and dual Group 1 winner The Jewel.
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